George Roy Hill

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Having emerged from the theater world as an actor and director, George Roy Hill made a smooth transition to motion pictures by directing both Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the actors' most recognizable roles. Hill ... Read more »
Born: 12/20/1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Director (15)

Funny Farm 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Little Drummer Girl 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

The World According to Garp 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

A Little Romance 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Slap Shot 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sting 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Slaughterhouse-Five 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Hawaii 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The World of Henry Orient 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Toys in the Attic 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Period of Adjustment 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (2)

The World According to Garp 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 (Movie)

(From Story)
Actor (1)

The World According to Garp 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Having emerged from the theater world as an actor and director, George Roy Hill made a smooth transition to motion pictures by directing both Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the actors' most recognizable roles. Hill garnered a decent amount of acclaim and success before directing the pair in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), a revisionist Western that became a smash hit while establishing the then-unknown Redford as a bona fide star. The director reunited with the two actors for the Oscar-winning caper comedy, "The Sting" (1973), which lived on as Hill's finest achievement. Hill moved on to work with both Redford and Newman on separate films; the former starred in his grand barnstorming adventure, "The Great Waldo Pepper" (1975), while the latter starred in his dark sports comedy "Slap Shot" (1977), neither of which became big box office hits, but nonetheless remained in high regard by critics and audiences. Following the minor success "A Little Romance" (1979), Hill divided critics with "The World According to Garp" (1982), which seemed to garner a more enthusiastic response from audiences. He delivered two rather forgettable films after "Garp" before unofficially retiring from Hollywood and returning to academia. Despite his rather sudden abandonment of filmmaking, Hill nonetheless remained one of the giant directing talents who contributed to Hollywood's second Golden Age of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Relationships

Helen Frances Hill

Mother

Owens Hill

Daughter

George Roy Hill III

Son

John Andrew Steele Hill

Son

Louisa Hill

Wife
married on April 7, 1951 divorced

George Hill

Father

EDUCATION

Blake High School

Minneapolis , Minnesota 1939

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1943

Trinity College

Dublin 1946 - 1949
attended on GI Bill; never completed dissertation

Milestones

1988

Last film to date, "Funny Farm", an easy-going, mildly endearing comedy starring Chevy Chase

1982

Returned to Hollywood and made "The World According to Garp", adapted by Steve Tesich from the John Irving novel; Hill had cameo as pilot who crashes into Garp's house

1975

Reteamed with Newman and Redford and won the Best Director Oscar for "The Sting"

1972

Co-produced (again with Monash) and directed "Slaughterhouse Five", adapted from the Kurt Vonnegut novel

1968

Scored huge hit with first collaboration with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", co-produced by Hill and Paul Monash

1967

First real moneymaker, the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie", starring Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore

1966

Had critical and commercial failure with big-budget "Hawaii", a picture that actually faired better on TV; first collaboration with Julie Andrews

1964

Delighted reviewers with "The World of Henry Orient", starring Peter Sellers; though some maintain it is his beat picture, it did poorly at the box office

1962

Film directing debut, adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play "Period of Adjustment", which he had directed on Broadway

1960

Directed Frank Loesser's musical "Greenwillow", again starring Perkins

1957

Broadway directing debut, the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Look Homeward, Angel", starring Anthony Perkins

1956

Nominated for Emmys as director and co-author of "A Night to Remember" ("Kraft Television Theatre"), a drama about the sinking of the Titanic

1953

His play, "My Brother's Keeper", performed on "Kraft Television Theatre" (NBC); also acted in it

1952

Appeared in documentary style drama "Walk East on Beacon Street"

1950

Scored considerable personal success as Gustav in Strindberg's "The Creditors" opposite Beatrice Arthur at the Cherry Lane Theatre

1948

Acting debut in Shaw's "The Devil's Disciple" with Cyril Cusack's repertory company in Dublin

1948

Stage directing debut "Biography" at Gate Theatre in Dublin

Toured USA with Margaret Webster's Shakespeare Repertory Company in early 1950s

Returned to teaching at Yale

Formed independent company, Pan Arts, with his former agent Jerome Hellman

Quit Hollywood after "A Little Romance" (1979) to teach a course in drama at his alma mater Yale

Served in World War II as Marine transport pilot

Served as a fighter pilot in Korean War, achieved rank of major

Appeared on Broadway in a small part in "Richard II"

Bonus Trivia

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"He served in the Marines in World War II and Korea, and at sixty still looks like the Marine officer he once was--slender, cold eyes, close-cropped hair. . . His profit participation in "Butch Cassidy" and "The Sting" has made him millions, but he is famous in the movie business for never picking up a check. And his dress can best be described as nondescript, or perhaps janitorial. A producer who once worked with him told me that George bragged that he bought his clothes at an Army surplus store in Santa Monica, where he could get khaki pants for under ten dollars." --John Gregory Dunne, ESQUIRE, August 1983

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